A high performance tyre on the
road and perfect for on-track sessions.
Profile and structure make it a
reference point in the segment thanks to the excellent support
ensured in inclination and rapid realignment coming out of
Made with the most modern EPT
design technologies developed in the WSBK, and thanks to
multi-compound composition with three zones at the rear capable of
optimising the area of contact, ensures the maximum grip on road
Maximum performance on the
racetrack and great reactivity on the road for incredible control
of the bike in all situations.
A tread with an aggressive pattern
in line with the Rosso style.
Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
covered/time: 3500/four months
What’s good: I had these tyres fitted to my
long-term test KTM Duke 690 R this summer and absolutely loved
them. I’m always dubious of claims like ‘the only hypersport
tyre for road and track use with WSB technology’ and acronyms
like EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology) but these finely-crafted
beauties have the performance to cut through the bullshit.
Right from the first fitting – well, after the first few tenuous
roundabouts and a few miles of scrubbing-in – they felt so right
it was a revelation. They heat up quickly, building up your
confidence rapidly, and the stand-out sensation is how seamlessly,
smoothly and progressively they allow you to peel the bike into and
out of corners.
And that WSB-derived compound on the shoulders of the tyres makes
for amazing levels of grip as you progress from tipped over to
upright while powering out of the bends. It’s a deeply satisfying
feeling that, as I write this in deepest winter, I yearn to feel
again. For summer blasts, they’re a ball.
What’s not: The Duke went through two sets of
these through a long summer season of riding, getting 3500 miles
out of the longest-lasting pair. But the power pulses of this big
single eat up rear tyres more rapidly than many other bikes and
I’ve heard of a set lasting 5000 miles on a colleague’s
four-cylinder supersport bike.
So although the compound in the centre line of these multi-compound
jobs is harder-wearing than a pure sports tyre, longevity is a good
way away from touring-spec rubber. Towards the end of their
lifespan, they’re not 100% confidence-inspiring in the wet,
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 17 September, 2011.